Progressives cite racism, sexism in Harris exit: Women of color ‘get twice the scrutiny’

Sen. Kamala Harris‘s (D-Calif.) abrupt exit from the 2020 presidential race prompted cries of racism on social media, with several verified Twitter members noting that only white candidates will be on stage for the next Democratic debate later this month. 
 
The outcry comes after the California lawmaker suspended her campaign on Tuesday. 
 
Once considered a top contender for the Democratic bid, Harris had dropped to 3.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics index of polls after holding a second-place spot in July with 16.2 percent after the first Democratic debate. 
 
“I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris wrote to her 3.3 million followers on Twitter. “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”
 
Some reaction on the news of Harris dropping out has largely centered on race and gender. 
 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro blamed media coverage of the Harris campaign, alleging a “double standard.”

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“The way the media has treated @KamalaHarris has been something else. The way they’ve held her to a different standard, a double standard has been grossly unfair and unfortunate,” Castro said Tuesday.

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